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In October 2018 the Boat has been pulled out of the water and placed in a shed, so it is possible to work on it in the winter. a lot of maintenance and additions necessary for blue water cruising had to be done.
Anchoring is a good/ the only alternative to go ashore. Then you need a dinghy, an outboard and davits to stow the dinghy.
I chose an electric outboard instead of a petrol version the reasons are threefold. First the quality and capacity of the current batteries are quite enough. Secondly, you do not need to stow petrol on board so there is less risk of fire and explosions on board. Thirdly the batteries can always be charged on board. No need to search for petrol in an unfamiliar harbor
Electricity on board a sailing yacht is a search for a balance between use and production. Nowadays with all the modern gadgets, the use is ever increasing. On the other hand, I want silent sailing instead of a noisy diesel slurping engine.
So a wind generator (Rutland 1200) is installed and the traditional lights are replaced with LED. In theory, this wind generator produces in 15KN of wind enough energy to compensate for the use. In practice, there will be periods that there is not enough wind. So in time, solar panels should be added. On my first trips, I want to and determine how much solar panels I need. In the meantime, the traditional generator will be supplying the shortage of electricity when present.
Safety measures on board had to be extended an EPRIB, a PLB, a new life raft, a satellite phone, and flares were added
 
Apart from the changes to the boat, the captain had to learn new skills.
First I did a course of Astronavigation. Very interesting to understand how our forefathers found there way on the sea and how surprisingly accurate it can be.
I studied the theory from the book “De zon als GPS” by Dick Hughes and a two-day course given by the author. He explains the theory and the history of Astro Navigation in the book and during the course in a very clear way.
The second step is to learn how to use the sextant to do accurate measurements. In June I will go with Dick to sea with Argos and learn this skill.
There are a lot of electronics on board. On the sea when there is a malfunction you should try to repair it. That is a challenge for me. So I have bought a book about the subject to get an understanding of the theory. When that is done I will ask an electrician to go with me through the boat and explain to me how everything is set up.
For example, the boat has a bow thruster. Last year it malfunctioned in July. I searched for the reason for months and thought I would need a new bow thruster. In the winter a technician looks it over and came to the conclusion that the bow thruster only works when the dynamo of the main engine is producing electricity. The dynamo is a little old and does only work when the main engine is started and revved up sufficiently once or twice.
In short, you have to understand the technicalities of the boat.

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